One of the penalties in many sexual offense cases is registering with the state sex offender registry. This database will typically list your name, address, details about your conviction and other information about you, and it is available to the public. You will have to keep your information updated with the appropriate agency, which may require reporting in on a set date each year or at another interval set by the court.
The Richland Country Sherriff’s Department explains that you must register with South Carolina’s sexual offender registry if you have lived in the state for at least 30 days and have a requirement either in South Carolina or another state to be on such a registry. Upon your conviction, the judge will specifically tell you that part of your sentence is to register and to keep the registry information up to date.
About the convictions
Not every sexual conviction will require registration. In addition, the length of time you must remain on the registry will vary based on the charge. You should also note that not every conviction that requires registration involves a forceful sexual crime, so you may not know until your sentencing that you must register unless you research the law beforehand.
Convictions that require registration
There is a long list of crimes that qualify for the registry requirement, but in general, almost every type of sexual crime will require registration, such as criminal sexual conduct, sexual battery and solicitation of a minor. Other crimes include peeping, creating pornography involving a minor, kidnapping a minor and indecent exposure.